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, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
. >> mourners here in the shattered newtown, connecticut town of 27,000 held the first two funerals for the young victims on friday's school massacre. the first of 20 funerals for children. after the worst grade school massacre our country has ever seen. i am bill hemmer here for shepard smith. the vigils and memorials are hemmed for the 26 people for those who died at sandy hook elementary school. president obama consoled the families and survivors telling a weeping crowd that he will use all the powers his office can bear to keep something like this from happening once again. >> the investigation continues. the tight knit community and everyone across the country trying to understand the "why." why a 20-year-old young man who was smart enough to take college courses at the age of 16 could commit such a heinous crime? why a well-to-do mother would have a collection of heavy duty weapons which police say her son used to shoot her in the head, four times, that morning, in her pajamas before he took the same guns to the school to kill innocent children. the guns were her way to connec
>>> saying good-bye. the first of the victims in the connecticut school shooting tragedy are laid to rest. and with more funerals this week, the newtown community struggles to heal. >>> school safety in the wake of last week's shooting. educators across the country take steps to prevent another tragedy from training teachers to arming security guards. >>> and bargain breakthrough. progress in fiscal cliff negotiations as both sides give ground on the all-important issue, taxes. kroitd . this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, december 18, 2012. >> good morning, everyone, good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessic
. >> reporter: there's still so much pain for all close to friday's shooting. connecticut governor dan malloy wiped away tears recalling the moment he informed parents their children had died. now, he will attend so many funerals. >> you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporter: new information about the 20-year-old shooter, adam lanza, paints a picture of a young man that seemed to be unraveling. for years, her mother, nancy, shared her struggles with adam's behavioral and emotional problems with people at a newtown bar and restaurant, according to the owners. and nancy's friends say she told them in the last few months, adam was so troubled, he would not leave the house. >> she homeschooled him and everything. i knew he was on medication. but that's all i know. >> reporter: a former babysitter says he was told by nancy to never leave adam alone. >> never go to the bathroom or turn your back on him at any time. >> reporter: despite his problems, friends say nancy took her son to local firing ranges and introduced him to the world of high-powered guns. this friday, the gover
in newtown, connecticut, as four more families prepare to lay to rest their little ones. >>> plus, a mixed message. friday's massacre prompts calls for swift action on gun control. but sales of guns are surging. >>> the wind, the snow, sure signs of the season. a snowstorm is moving across the country, right in time for the holidays. we'll show you where it will hit. >>> and sweet success. a little girl takes on a big company, cracking the glass ceiling for future generations. but it's not who you think. it was all for her little brother. >>> and a good tuesday morning, everyone. a ritual returns for thousands of older students in newtown. they're going back to school today. but those who attended sandy hook elementary are still waiting for their new classrooms. >> and this long line of funerals. very sad days. it continues later today. tahman bradley joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. it is remarkable to see this community this morning. the signs of remembrance are everywhere. people are paying their respects at memorials an
'll be talking to in the next three hours. congresswoman rosa from connecticut. nobody can speak more poignantly or directly about what happened almost a week ago now in newtown, connecticut. we'll also be joined by senator tom udall from new mexico and with the report out which blasts the state department for not doing good enough job to protect our personnel in benghazi, joe cirincione, our foreign policy guru will be here as well. we'll get right into it. president obama's big announcement at the white house briefing room yesterday. but first... >> this is the "full court press." >> here are the other things you need to know before you head out the door this morning. you wouldn't think you would ever hear steven spielberg call chris christie one of his heroes but the liberal hollywood heavyweight praised him as one of his personal heroes saying christie was able to put politics aside for the greater good during hurricane sandy and that was really telling about him and what he did was right and he did it right at the end
. mourning for the murder of those 20 beautiful little kids up in new ton, connecticut, shocked that yet another mass murder here in the united states is being far, far too many of them committed violent assault weapons and hopefully start this week determined that this time this time at least we finally have had enough, this time we will finally, pull together as the president said last night. this time, we will finally do something to get these weapons of war out of circulation. we will be talking all about that this morning and a whole lot more. take time out first to get the latest. to the's current news update from the lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill good morning everyone. on the heels of the shooting which is one of the worst in history, not only is the nation mourning but it sounds like washington could finally be ready to push through some gun legislation. 20 innocent children with six adults were killed at sandy hook elementary. president obama spoke to a crowd much more than 900 mourners. he was understa
to be with you. i'm terrell brown. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica rekos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. we have more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots, and the room that he was in
came out to bless the school. he also spoke of the tragic events that happened friday in connecticut. william laurie led the diocese that included newtown. >> we must present to end the culture of death and violence that is so much a part of our larger culture and so that our young people, our little ones, will be safe. quex also the archbishop joined stephanie rawlings blake and senator barbara mikulski and windy spencer at the dedication at the national civilian conservation corps campus in baltimore. >> american pediatricians say that thimerosol should not be banned. it was removed from most vaccines in 1999 because of concerns of being linked to autism or other neurological problems. since then, several reviews have found no such evidence. some experts say keep it out of the red states but in other countries with -- keep it out of the u.s. it is used to create multi dess vaccines and it can allow for more children to be vaccinated. we all know how important pap tests are to screen for cervical cancer. davitt happens to you is natural to think what is next. what can you expect if
build ♪ a beautiful city ♪ . >> 4 teenagers singing tonight in newtown, connecticut. trying to bring solace to community dealing with overwhelming grief as memorial grows for the victims of friday massacre. good evening. we are going to begin tonight with latest headlines prosecute newtown. funeral services held today for 2 victim of the shooting on friday. noah posner and jack pinto both just 6 years old. police are promising a pain-staking investigation into just what happened friday. it could take months and sandy hook school may never reopen. president obama and key senators begin a serious push to reduce gun violence across the country. as you well know an outpouring of support for the people in newtown. this morning a los angeles man bought coffee for folks going that the town general store. laura anthony is in newtown, connecticut tonight and begins our coverage. >> glimmer of good news in all the bad that came out of sandy hook these past three days. 2 survivors not one after the rampage of the school friday morning. they were 2 women both shot in the lower extremi
. jenna: schools in newtown, connecticut, opening for the very first time after the deadly rampage at sandy hook elementary. just as we learn new details about the gunman, two more young victims are laid to rest today. plus a major cybersecurity threat. what you need to know to protect your bank accounts on-line especially in the new year. >>> a hour harrowing ordeal for a tv news correspondent and his crew, kidnapped five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in
. but whatever you think of it as policy it is not for gun owners. >> joy, i was in newtown, connecticut, and today flew across the country. here i was in los angeles, as far away as i could be from connecticut in the continental united states. and i'm greeted today by the los angeles times lead headline saying the police chief of los angeles saying this is a new reality. those are his words, and that is why he is going to re-deploy los angeles police to cover every elementary school and middle school in the los angeles school district every day. there will be a uniformed police presence at every school at some point in every day of the school year. this is an extraordinary nationwide reaction to what happened in connecticut. and i have to say, i am convinced that this is not like any reaction we've seen before to one of these mass murders. >> yeah, absolutely, and what a shame, right, to have to live in a country where you have to have armed police officers protecting your children. i mean the one place that your children are supposed to be safe outside of your home is school. they're i
. >> heartbroken community of newtown, connecticut, saying good-bye to two of the children killed in last week's school shooting, this as investigators reveal new details about the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm shawn yancy. >> i'm maureen umeh. as relatives begin to say good- bye to their slain children, investigators in connecticut continue to work to better understand what happened. that includes interviewing two injured witnesses and digging deeper into the gun and computer use of the 20-year-old gunman. two young victims laid to rest monday, 6-year-old jack pinto, a huge new york giant fan, and 6-year-old noah pozner who loved learning how things worked. his twin sister was in a different classroom and survived. >> he was celebrated as a pure innocent child who had the promise of life ahead of him who brought joy to his family and to his community and will be sorely missed. >> reporter: funerals are planned throughout the week as the investigation into the mass shooting continues. authorities established adam lanza shot his mother four times in the h
to start by saying, the kind of horrible violence we saw in newtown, connecticut, it isn't new. in fact, the worst school attack ever took place more than 80 years ago in bath, michigan. there was a consolidated school, the pride and joy of that community. it also meant increased property taxes and a farmer became angry about that. so for weeks he put dynamite under the local school and then eventually blew it up. 38 children died. and then he killed himself with another load of dynamite. we'll never truly know for sure why he did all that or what made the young man in newtown unload a rifle into a classroom full of first graders. but i've looked at other school shootings and they just might provide some clues. first thing you notice is when you look around newtown, everyone has that questioning look. why? what did we miss? if anything? no answers yet. just hindsight. so try and make some sense of the tragedy here in newtown, connecticut, medical investigators will often look for evidences of patterns. not talking about looking at clothing styles or musical preferences or even lifestyle
in newtown, connecticut, it isn't new. the worst school attack took place more than 80 years ago in michigan. there was this new school, baath consolidated school which was the pride and joy of that community. this farmer, he became angry about that. so, get this, for weeks he put dynamite under the local school and then eventually blew it up. 38 children died. and then he killed himself with another load of dynamite. we'll never truly know for sure why he did all that ask or what made the young man in newtown unload a rifle into a classroom full of first graders. i looked at other school shootings and they might just provide some clues. first thing you notice when you look around newtown, everyone has that questioning look. why? what did we miss? to try to make some sense in newtown, connecticut, look for evidence of patterns. not talking about looking at clothing styles or musical preperances or lifestyle, but rather looking for evidence of specific plans. could give some clues to what was happening in a person's mind and in their brain. it's hard to know because relatively few tragedies l
heartbreaking good-byes in connecticut. investigators say they are looking at every bullet, anding every angle. >> the gun processing the evidence, analyzing the evidence. >> from the wreckage much ruined lives, trying to piece together understanding of how this happened. plus what, we've learned with friday's first victim. the shooter's own mother. she told me the guns, she would take them shooting because that was a way that a single mom could, you know, relate to her son. >> she was devoted and that was her job, to look after him. >> tonight the inside story from the family's friends and neighbors. i'm john scott in for shepard smith. we begin with the search for a motive. it is clear friday's shooting in newtown, connecticut can have no rational explanation. the act itself is the definition of insanity. still at this hour, investigators are work to unravel the sequence of events that ended with a man killing his own mother, driving to an elementary school and murdering 26 innocent children and adults before committing suicide. right now it's all still a puzzle. but investigators are workin
in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered his grandmother in 1980. he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer. >> reporter: he served 17 years in prison, and after being released moved in with his sisters. investigators found the body in the charred rubble of his home and believe it could be his sister's. the firehouse has opened up its private medical for the men killed. people are leaving behind mrourz flowers and notes of thanks to honor the firefighters who lost their lives. 19-year-old thomas was filling in for a married firefighter so they could spend chris
vigil for the victims of the elementary school shooting in connecticut and tells the tear-filled audience he will do everything in his power to prevent another mass shooting. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. owe. >> a community saying good by to some of its youngest victims today, monday, december 17th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," tragedy at sandy hook elementary, with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savi ysa guthrie, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it containe
the tax hikes and spending cuts from aching effect january 1st. meanwhile, connecticut's independent senator, joe lieberman, expects congress to work right up until the new year's eve deadline. he's not sure that will be enough. >> it's the first time that i feel like it's more likely that we'll go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks. they're due back later in the week. one possibility in all of this mess is a partial deal on taxes while putting off agreement on spending until some time down the road. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending christmas in the hospital. he's been there since thanksgiving. he's battling bronchitis and a lingering cough. doctors say he's in stable condition but needs to build up his energy. >>> south africans are sending warm wishes to former president nelson mandela. he's been in the hospital for more than two weeks with a lung infection. he also has gall stone surgery as
as well, the president really has been moved by what happened last friday morning in newtown, connecticut. and he wants to take action now because as one of the reporters at that briefing where you attended basically said to the president, where have you been for the last four years in what has taken so long? i thought he had a pretty good answer but he's motivated to try to do something about gun violence in the country now. >> reporter: yeah. he said in response to that that he hasn't been on vacation, he's been dealing with a lot of other things that affect children, health care, jobs for their parent. even though he didn't come out and say that he feels as if he's been absent on some sort of legislation, some sort of push to tack can kell gun violence, that there certainly seems to be a time for self-reflection, it's something that he's been thinking about, what more he could have done and obviously what more he needs to do now. >> brianna, thank you. during his remarks the president said, and i'm quoting him now, we may never know all of the reasons for the school shootings. but in n
. >> also head could connecticut school tragedy be a turning point in the battle over stricter gun control? just ahead, calls for new legislation. >> why there is new optimism >> why there is new optimism we may avoid the and... take care of them, you know? i feel like we've come full circle. like that! this is how i'll do it. sarah: there you go. tragedy in newtown, connecticut. funeral services scheduled throughout thev;np week for 20 children and six adults killed elementary school. two children were buried today. students district wide received the day off. they will return to school tomorrow. survivors of the shooting may return to class this week, however, not at sandy hook elementary. crews are fixing up a middle school in a nearby town, survivors will attend that school temporarily there. is no date set for sandy hook elementary to reopen. >> the mass shootings skput oregon have reopened gun control debate. >> california senator is prom yitsing to reintroduce the assault weapons ban expired in 2004, it was a san francisco mass shooting that led to that law. >> abc 7 news joins us
of the connecticut school shootings. that story was published on sunday. it was accompanied by online maps showing where permit holders live. >>> the connecticut shooting sparked a different response in l.a. there the city started its gun buyback program much earlier than usual. john blackstone reports. >> they're hunting rivals. >> reporter: angela atkins came to the los angeles gun buyback two hunting rifles and thoughts of the children who died in newtown, connecticut. >> it was emotional, i cried, and i just felt like those were everybody's children. >> reporter: so you're getting rid of your only guns. >> getting rid of my only guns, yeah. i couldn't send them a sympathy card or anything, so i thought that's the best thing i can do. >> reporter: it was because of newtown that mayor villaraigosa moved up the annual gun buyback usually held on mother's day. the city offers gift certificates up to $200 depending on the kind of gun. the nra might say you're taking guns out of the good guys. >> well, the nra says a lot of things that doesn't pass the smell test for most of us. they said what we ne
of the connecticut gunman gives insight into the killer. >> and fighting fire with fire. the state thinks it can prevent shoot attacks by arming teachers. >> also, a decision today about possible criminal charges against the mistress and former cia director davidizn petraeus. >> considering options we've got video confused but we'll tell you about the president, his efforts to sweeten the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. cliff. we'll let you know and... take care of them, you know? i feel like we've come full circle. like that! this is how i'll do it. sarah: there you go. wanted to be here for your fist christmas? you see grandma lives waaaay down here, and you live way up here. brian, your cousin, he's a little bit older than you, he lives here, in chicago. and your aunt lisa lives here, in baltimore. uncle earnie? waaay out in hawaii. but don't you worry, we will always be together for christmas. [ male announcer ] being together is the best part of the holidays and cheerios is happy to be part of the family. you just ate dallas! >>> in connecticut today funerals took place for two 6-year-old v
, connecticut. before we begin, is there anybody else here who has a story they want to share? i also come to this issue through personal experience. my younger brother was shot in a shooting that happened on the observation deck of the empire state building and i have some prepared remarks here but before i begin them, i just want to point out today there will be 32 more families that know the pain and horror that you just heard here today. we pay a lot of attention, and appropriately so, to these mass shootings, the one that andre's son miraculously survived, but we also have to be aware that this happens in our nation every day and as you're going to hear today, as a nation, we are better than this. i want to thank you all for coming on what we are confident is a momentous day in the history of this issue. we have people here from all over the country from utah, california, from colorado, and connecticut. we're here because we love our children, our husbands, our wives, our brothers, and our sisters. we mourn them and we wish they hadn't been shot. we're here as a testament to our love
:30. in newtown, connecticut, was there a moment of silence. the ringing of the bells. [ bells ] >> church bells rang out in honor of those killed a week ago when a gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. 20 children and six adults died at the school. the gunman also killed his mother and himself. governors in at least 29 states called for a moment of silence in honor of the victims. now the white house says president obama took part privately. also in newtown today, three more victims of the massacre are being laid to rest. yesterday funerals were held for three 6-year-olds and two teachers. it is a heartbreaking scene that has played out over and over again this week. the mother of the gunman adam lanza has also been laid to rest. a friend says nancy lanza was buried yesterday at an undisclosed location. >>> the gun control debate intensifying one week after that horror in newtown, connecticut, the killing of innocent children. just moments ago we heard from the national rifle association, executive director wayne lapierre called for putting armed police in every school. he also blamed
, that could be an avenue for some kind of step forward. >> i want to bring in connecticut senator richard blumenthal. senator, it's good of you to join me because you and i talked last night right after the president spoke, and since getting up this morning, i opened the local newspaper here, and i don't know if you can see this, but it's two pages of obituaries and of course, most of them are the pictures of little children. you cannot look at that and -- these are people in a community that you know. what can be done about this, senator? what are you willing to commit to this morning to see that something like this can't happen again? >> i think that there are a number of measures that are achievable and necessary, although we have to keep in mind that no single one of them is a panacea that will solve this problem. an assault weapon ban such as we had in the united states some years ago, it expired in 2004, is a good place to begin. a restriction on high capacity magazines. this killer entered the school, blasted his way into it with multiple magazines of 30 rounds each, with bullets t
of an entinteragen to develop new processes in the wake of this terrible tragedy in newtown, connecticut in which 20 children and six adults were massacred in an elementary school. a mother was massacred in her bed and a killer killed himself. it is an unprecedented action. it seems by the federal government at the time to pult into context how the response can be from the government to try to incorporate some kind of gun initiative, perhaps education initiative, mental health initiative. we're waiting to get the details. as we await the president and vice president, i turn the baton over to my colleague suzanne malveaux with the newsroom. suzanne. >> thank you, ashleigh. this put guns back on the national agenda, and today we're getting a two-minute warning. that means the president will arrive very shortly in the press briefing room to explain, to talk about his role and the government's role. he was moved by what he saw in connecticut, and he says that he wanted to make this a priority in his administration. so we're waiting for those remarks. we want to bring in wolf blitzer to talk about this.
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right now people are properly thinking about the catastrophe in connecticut last week and the majority leader will have an opportunity to derryl what matters will be scheduled. thank you. >> cenk: he doesn't want to answer that question. that's for the leaders of the republicans in the senate. let's not do anything about the victims, let's pretend that our see this goes out to them and we are taking this moment to mourn them. you are taking the moment to make sure you don't do a damn thing about it. governor of verge said something similar. >> can you imagine ever supporting a ban that limited the sale of assault rifles, limited the sale of clips to private citizens? >> i think we ought to look at a number of things in the wake of this. >> are you oh open to it? >> i don't think that's the first place that you look, chuck. first of all we don't have all the facts. one of the mistakes is when you're grieving and emotional is to make decisions that might not fit the problem. >> cenk: oh oh, no, no, no, like limiting gun control. i'm sorry. am i being emotional about it? how about talking
, connecticut in the wake of the devastating school shooting. why thex& town is asking people to stop sending their condolences. >>> another delay for commercial crab fishermen in mendocino county. find out when they are hoping the season will start. >> first america's money report. >>> good morning. toyota has agreed to one of the largest settlements involving auto defect claims, 1.1 billion dollar deal to settle a class action suit involving complaints vehicles unintentionally accelerated. -- to put up gains. up 6.9%7$y sincen=up: january. holiday sales turning out to be weaks since 2008, sales in two months leading up to countries just up 7/10 of a percent from last year. some starbucks are saving a political message. the ceo is askingly is in washington, d.c. starbucks to write "come together" on cups today and tomorrow to lawmakers to keep th [ boy 1 ] hey! that's the last crescent. oh, did you want it? yea we'll split it. [ female announcer ] made fresh, so light, buttery and flakey. that's half that's not half! guys, i have more! thanks mom [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let
, meaningful contributions. >> this morning one week to the day since the tragedy in connecticut bells tolled 26 times in newtown during a moment of silence for the victims. that moment at the:30 a.m. eastern time the same time the gunman forced his way into that school. bells tolling across the country from massachusetts to a cathedral in manhattan to the basilica in washington, d.c. in the nation's capitol president obama held a moment of silence on his own away from the cameras. in a video release this had morning the president spoke to the thousands of american that is signed a we the people petition calling for gun control and vowed to take action. >> as i said earlier this week, i can't do it alone. i need your help. if we're going to succeed it will take a sustained effort for mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners. >> with the president calling for concrete change by next month, there is already signs of republican resistance to his push for stronger gun control. >> what bothered me the most as a representative is how this has been politici
it was hurricane sandy, the need to spend on the home; whether it was the tragedy in connecticut, and took away the feel-good factor-- it was a confluence of events that led to a "should have been better" holiday season. >> reporter: a big part of the problem was in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of country's retail sales take place. holiday spending priorities shifted after hurricane sandy as homeowners focused more on repairs than on gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs
in newtown, connecticut has gone far beyond gun control to include a focus on mental health programs and pervasive violence in popular culture. lawmakers calls for an examination of those issues echo president obama who want a comprehensive approach for violence prevention that would end tougher gun laws and take on a culture of violence that many fear is ken coaching too much on american life. goes on to say lieberman is a local appropriate. the connecticut will -- jay: do the governments have a role in this? it goes on to say as a population, people with mental illnesses are less violent than the general generation add taggert the biggest red flags for violence are being of sub stance abuser, having a history of aggression, but generalizing -- it is considered far too early to draw any conclusions. -- people wait months for an outpatient appointment -- host: on to the internet, a mother's blog has spelled out the obstacle to finding help for michael, her troubled 24-year-old son -- and this blog posting coming criticism from others this morning. read a little bit more from as that
of the killer in newtown, connecticut, on friday. and the other person who's really been out there in front with very specific suggestions and demands for action is michael bloomberg. scott pelley, host of cbs news last night interviewed michael bloomberg and he dared ask him the question so, you're mayor of new york, why do you care about this stuff? >> why is the murder rate around the country? i'm an american. what's your question? >> why is this mike bloomberg's crusade? >> i live in america! and i'm a human being. i don't know what your religion teaches you. mine teaches you to take care of each other. in america read the constitution. we're all equal and we're all americans. >> bill: bloomberg says basicically, get out of here asking me a question like that. he points out, you know, he has been very critical of president obama saying look, it is up to the president to lead on this with a specific proposal so that he will put forward and fight for. he promised to do that in tucson. >> the president spoke out on
. >>> a packed show ahead. congressman steven latourette of ohio, senator richard blumenthal of connecticut, plus the grinch. it's thursday, december 27th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> well, our starting point, a brutal winter storm battering the northeast and torturing holiday travelers all over the country. here it is on the radar. the system is expected to dump up to two feet of snow on central maine today. six states are under winter storm warnings, pennsylvania, new york, massachusetts, new hampshire, vermont, and of course maine. everyone there could see at least a foot of snow. more than 200,000 customers spanning several states are already without power. more than 1700 flights had to be cancelled yesterday, hundreds more have already been taken off the board this morning and that number is expected to climb. six deaths are being blamed on this system since tuesday, and the threat hasn't passed yet. meteorologist bonnie schneider tracking the storm from the cnn weather center in atlanta. but first inez is live in syracuse, new york, where she's been -- there's a great deal of sno
across new york and long island, across the connecticut sound and really heavy downpours into boston and drive a little further north and it's all snow. that combined with strong wind is making for a very messy day today. so many people are out and about, trying to enjoy holiday time or maybe just heading back to work or to the stores to return gifts. but unfortunately we're seeing heavy downpours into bridgeport, connecticut and once you start heading to upstate new york, it's accumulation. we're talking about a foot or more for upstate new york, 3 to 6 for places like massachusetts, worcester and the berkshires. the pocono mountains will see about 6 inches of snow and into northwestern new jersey you're still looking at snow as well. this is a strong area of low pressure, it will work its way across the northeast. the cold air coming in behind it will help enhance the heaviest snow across the great lakes and extreme northern new england. we're also experiencing some bitterly cold temperatures right here in the south. this morning it's 35 in atlanta, 33 in birmingham. the cold air i
the morning off. with the nation still reeling from the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago suffered a grim milestone last night, a man was killed in a shooting on chicago's dangerous west side. this scene marks chicago's 500th homicide this year alone. that's up more than 50 from last year. now when we're researching this story this morning, one statistic really jumped out at us. in the past five years, 270 children have been killed by gun violence in chicago. on top of that, there have been dozens of other people injured. cnn's ted rowlands rode along with two chicago police officers earlier this year to get a firsthand look what it's like on the streets of chicago. here is his report. >> there's a couple places i want to check out. >> reporter: it's a friday night on the streets of chicago in theening. wood neighborhood. joe patterson and leo schmidt have been cops here for 26 years. >> we go around the blocks, what you do is you scan everything and when they see they're a policeman if they're doing something wrong or got a gun
's basketball team squared off against number two, connecticut. the last time they were in naples the cardinals ended their 90-game win streak. yesterday uconn and the head coach got some revenge. the huskies took control early and never let up. the tough shot and foul. the key was connecticut's stifling defense. the steal leads to this easy basket. it was 31-13 at the half. this shot is blocked. banks will lay it up and in. stanford shot just 19% from the field. lewis led all scorers in 19. uconn cruises, 61-35. the loss snaps stanford's 82-game home win streak. >>> the stanford men had better luck at naples, but had a tough time still against lafayette. the cardinals led by 8 at the half but the contest would go down to the final seconds. stanford holds on to win 65-59. randall with the team-tie 16 points. cardinals improve to 9-4. harvard was at cal. the bears look for their third straight win, but the crimsons can play. saunders drops in two of his 18. cal's allen crab leads the pack, 12 in scoring. put in a game-high 27, but it wouldn't be enough as harvard holds on to win 67-62. rivard hi
to the connecticut school tragedy. proposal for armed guards at schools. stay with us. another half hour of with us. another half hour of fuss s >> [ bell rippinging] bells toll in newtown, connecticut and across the nation today. exactly one week after the shady hook school massacre. bells followed a moment of silence at approximately 9:30 eastern time when the gunman adam lanza began his rampage that ended with 26 people dead. 20 of them as you know young children. national rifle association today broke its silence on the connecticut school tragedy by suggesting there should be more guns on campus not less. nra says there should be an armed officer, police officer at every school. comments generated as you can imagine quite a reaction today. here's political reporter mark matthe matthews. >>reporter: national rifle association sent a sharp message through its leader wayne la pierre. no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >>reporter: leader said what is needed is armed police officer in every single school. and he accused washingt
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